Incompetent meaning

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The definition of incompetent is someone or something not qualified, inadequate or insufficient for a given purpose.

An example of incompetent is a person getting behind the wheel of a manual transmission car, who doesn't know how to drive with a stick shift.

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Lacking qualities necessary for effective conduct or action.

An incompetent manager.

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Not legally qualified, as testimony that does not meet the standards for admissibility or a juror whose personal interest in the outcome of the case does not allow him or her to serve.
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Inadequate for or unsuited to a particular purpose or application.
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Not functioning properly in the body.

An incompetent heart valve.

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Lacking sufficient mental ability or awareness.

A defendant incompetent to stand trial.

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An incompetent person.
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Without adequate ability, knowledge, fitness, etc.; failing to meet requirements; incapable; unskillful.
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Not legally qualified.
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Lacking strength and sufficient flexibility to transmit pressure, thus breaking or flowing under stress.
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An incompetent person; esp., one who is mentally deficient.
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Of evidence, that it is not admissible.
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Of a witness, that he or she is not permitted to testify, on the grounds that his or her testimony is not relevant or is subject to some other disqualification.
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Unskilled, lacking normally expected degree of ability.

Having an incompetent lawyer may be grounds for a retrial, but the lawyer in question probably doesn't know that.

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Unable to make rational decisions, insane or otherwise cognitively impaired.

The charged was judged incompetent to stand trial, at least until his medication started working.

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A person who is incompetent.
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Origin of incompetent

From French incompétent